Daily Mail rejoice! Portuguese forward Bebé will play for Manchester United reserves tonight. The fixture against Aston Villa will be Bebé’s first match in England since the shock £7.4 million transfer from Vitória Guimarães in July. United has chosen not to select the forward until now, instead placing him on an intensive fitness programme.
However, Bebé – who’s full name is Tiago Manuel Dias Correia – has since appeared twice for his country’s Under-21 side and been through a further two weeks’ conditioning work at Carrington.
Less than three months ago, the 20-year-old was playing in the third tier of the Portuguese league with Estrela da Amadora before a contract dispute precipitated a free-transfer to first division out fit Vitória. Bébé spent just over a month with the club before joining United on Carlos Queiroz’ advice, even though Sir Alex Ferguson Ferguson admitted he had never seen him play.
Also involved with the reserve team tonight is Gabriel Obertan, the £3.5 million French winger who has missed the season’s start with an akle injury picked up on United’s North American tour.
With Antonio Valencia set to miss the remainder of the season with a broken leg and ankle ligament damage, both Obertan and Bebé have an opportunity to force their way into Ferguson’s first team planning.
Tonight’s match with Aston Villa at Moss Lane, Altrincham, is the reserves’ opening FA Premier Reserve League fixture, kick off 7pm, admission£5 adults, £3 concessions, season ticket holders and members free.
United: Sam Johnstone, Scott Wootton, Ritchie De Laet, Corry Evans, Reece Brown, Oliver Gill, Gabriel Obertan, Ravel Morrison, William Keane, Magnus Eikrem, Bebe, Marnick Vermijl, Conor Devlin, Robert Brady, Nick Ajose, John Cofie
Villa: Elliott Parish, Eric Lichaj, Derrick Williams, Ciaran Clark, Shane Lowry, Jonathan Hogg, Moustapha Salifou, Isaiah Osbourne, James Collins, Nathan Delfouneso, Barry Bannan, Durrell Berry, Andy Marshall, Arsenio Halfhuid, Daniel Johnson, Danny Devine